1/ What will lessons cost?
They start at 10 pounds per lesson (20 to 25 min long) if you come to me. 15 pounds if I go to you. Other fees are on the Fees page.
2/ What are your qualifications?
I started playing at aged 5. I am classically trained to Grade VIII with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Professionally I have played for twelve years.
3/ What piano are you using to teach?
1983 Yamaha upright U3, the recommended exam model piano for Grade 1 to Grade 8.This is an original Yamaha, made in Japan, and not the newer Indonesian-made model.Yamaha U3 offers outstanding musical performance, setting the standards by which other pianos are measured. In addition, my piano is in a musical room with other instruments which students can play with to learn.
4/ Where would the lesson be?
My house or yours if you have piano or full-length keyboard. If you don’t, then at mine.
5/ What keyboard to get?
To avoid wasting money, don’t buy until you are sure your child will be continuing. Your keyboard will ideally be full length (88 keys) so that you don’t have to upgrade and buy another keyboard later on. Casio, Yamaha or Roland are the known quality brands.
6/ At what age should a child start?
Between 4 and 9 is ideal, depending on the child. Most children do very well if they start at around 8. They are ready when they can grasp concepts, read, count, sit still and concentrate for at least 20 minutes a day. But generalising generally lies. If one is eager, there is no correct age. My father has just started and he is 71 years old.